Two young multi-talented and faceted Nigerians display their talent to world acclaim with the design and production of the new Range Rover model
The 2022 Range Rover SUV is a piece of classy machine. Not with its Integrated Chassis Control system which ensures a smoother ride by preemptively fine-tunes how the vehicle reacts to varying road conditions; Rear-wheel steering that trims the vehicle’s turning circle to just 36 feet; and the Dynamic Response Pro system technology, which uses the vehicle’s 48-volt electrical system to arrest body roll in corners; retractable exterior door handles.
The beautiful story about the making of this wonderful comfortable vehicle is that two young Nigerians worked in two of the teams that made it a reality. These two Nigerians, are Engineering alumni of Warwick University in the United Kingdom and are multi-talented and multi-faced in their professional lives.
They are Tyough Yohanna Beetseh (TY Beetseh) from Benue State and Jehovah-Nissi Ogolu (Nissi Ogulu) from Rivers State. TY Beetseh was the leader of the applications delivery and integration project – Global IT Manufacturing, while Nissi Ogulu was in the Engineering team that worked on the project that brought forth the 2022 Range Rover model.
Though the two were born in different worlds and situations, they have through hard work, versatility and diligence rose to prominence.
TY Beetseh, a global ICT expert, entrepreneur, management consultant and youth advocate, was born on January 23, 1984, in Makurdi, Benue State, to Clement Igbawua Beetseh, a politician.
Growing up in Makurdi in an average family, TY imbibed the values of hard work and discipline to grow an enviable career in ICT. He had his primary and secondary school education in Markurdi and attended the Federal University of Technology, Minna graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering in 2005. While doing his compulsory one year National Youth Service (NYSC) Programme in Lagos, he was a member of the Orientation Camp Rehabilitation (OCR) group which raised millions of Naira for rehabilitation of the NYSC camp and improvement of living conditions for Corp members at the Orientation camp.
In line with his desire to be great project management and ICT professional, Beetseh obtained the Proficiency in Management certificate and the Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute, Pennsylvania USA in 2008. He is also an accredited trainer for PRINCE2, PMP, AGILE and APMP Project Management Certifications and an Associate of several global governing bodies of Project Management including APMP, ITIL, PMP, PRINCE2, AGILE, MSP.
He has a Master’s degree in Programme and Project Management in 2011 from the University of Warwick, graduating with Distinction. At Warwick University, he was elected the Post Graduate Forum Coordinator, the first black person to be so elected. During his tenure, his team’s negotiations with the University board led to the transformation of the PhD tenure ship at the University.
Ty was also awarded the Warwick Global Advantage Award by IBM for his outstanding contribution to student integration and leadership while studying at the University of Warwick.
TY who started his career as a Human Resources Executive Assistant Zenith Bank Plc, joined the Office Team Group, UK as a Commercial Analyst after graduating from Warwick University. In 2012, he joined the French IT Giant Atos as a Project Manager, where he has been involved in the delivery of multimillion-dollar projects for various blue-chip clients, including the seral projects at the London 2012 Olympics in London, Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 and the Rio Olympics in Brazil, 2016. He is also a Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick and Guest Lecturer at Coventry University.
Married to Mayokun Beetseh, TY has been involved in many youth and community development projects. He is the founder of the Tyough Foundation, a Charity NGO, he started in 2011 to empower the youth. He has also been in Infrastructural development in his state, including renovation of schools’ infrastructure, scholarship schemes for the less privileged children. He is the convener of the Inform and Inspire Conference, a Youth empowerment conference aimed at skill acquisition. He is a recipient of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award.
He was the candidate of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) for the Federal House of Representatives for Makurdi/Guma Federal Constituency in the 2019 General elections.
Ty strongly believes that with the right people and the right ideas, any state in Nigeria can be transformed.
Currently, a senior consultant, leading the Global IT manufacturing team at Jaguar Land Rover and an Executive Director at Leading Edge Consulting and PMGT Solutions Limited, he was proud of his work in the making of the 2022Range Rover.
“We did it!
“This one has my blood, sweat and tears in it, and I am super proud and I will forever cherish the experience.”
He said he was specifically headhunted in 2018 as a project & programme management consultant to lead the applications delivery and integration project – Global IT Manufacturing, for the build of the vehicle. The New Range Rover. He was the team leader, even though he was the youngest and only black in his immediate team.
During the project, he ran a hectic schedule as he was also contesting for the House of Representatives seat, juggling between Nigeria and UK and even coping with the COVID-19 pandemic to keep the project on track.
For Nissi Ogulu, who was born in Port Harcourt, growing up in a middle-class creative family was fun. She virtually grew up in a creative environment learning to play the keyboard as a child. Mother was the daughter of Benson Idonije, the first professional manager of legendary, Fela. She and Damini, her brother (Burna Boy) were ‘mischievous little children riding skateboards around hotels. But her parents were strictly instilling the importance of hard work while having fun.
26-year-old Nissi attended Corona Secondary School, Lagos for her secondary school education; The Royal High School, Bath, the UK for the Advanced Level and the University of Warwick, where she got a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering. She is a Certified Chartered Engineer, with a focus on sustainable product design and innovation. She was a Project Engineer for Jaguar Land Rover between 2016 and 2018, when she worked at several departments, including customer-focused product design and special vehicle operations.
With a creative mother (Bose), a father (Samuel), with a quiet but strong disposition, a quiet older sister Ronami, and the riotous Burna Boy; Nissi has grown to have a confident can-do spirit that has made her build a thriving portfolio of successes in Engineering, Music and Visual Arts. She is the artist with the pseudonym ‘Norrd’, which are proudly engraved on her paintings and other artworks. On the music side, she has a style that is a mixture of RnB, pop, funk, jazz, and afrobeat. She is the Creative Director at Spaceship Entertainment and the founder of Creele Animation Studios.
She said she has been able to get along in her creative career because of her family members and other people around her.
“You have people who understand the business and I have had a massive friend in my grandad who showed me how to record a track that harnesses my skill set. It is also good because there are people who set the bar for you and push you,” she said in an interview.
In 2020, she released her debut EP, ‘Ignite.’ Before then, she had released singles like ‘Pay Attention’ (2016) ‘Criminal’ (2016), ‘Favourite List’ (2017), ‘Little Trouble’ (2019), and ‘Move x 2’ (2021). Like her older brother, the Grammy-winning Burna Boy, she has a good fan base in the United Kingdom, where she has lived in since 2011, first in Bath and Warwick as a student and now in East London.
Nissi says she has been able to achieve more in different spheres of life because of her ability to prioritize.
“I always prioritize my work and my passions so I find that I never have time to just relax.
“I believe if you want to make something work then you can.
“If you need to do something very important, you find time for it,” she said in an interview.
She ran a ‘crazy’ schedule shuttling between the UK and Nigeria as she juggle her Engineering and Creative careers. In 2020 as a prelude to the release of her debut EP, Ignite, she went back and forth between the two countries, particularly for the filming of the music videos for the tracks in the album.
Like TY Beeseth, Nissi also started working on the design of the new Range rover in 2018. In a tweet, announcing her involvement, Nissi wrote: “After three years working on this project, I’m proud and happy to see it now revealed to the world.”
“It has been a pleasure being part of the team to bring this beautiful car to life in the last three years and I am happy to see it finally unveiled to the world.”